A different article which backs the same opinion, filled with facts and statistics that support its arguments, could easily have been found. Certainly, an effective article that does not lower itself to name calling and the use of lies to produce incendiary quotes could also have been found. This article, and particularly the use of the word “Hope” in its headline, made me physically sick, reduced me to tears and has ultimately turned me into something I never wanted nor expected to be: an outspoken political activist.
Here is what “Hope” means to me: I hope your daughter, granddaughter or favorite niece never find themselves in the position of considering an abortion. But if they do, I hope they have access to a trained physician in a safe environment who can openly provide them with the information and help they need. I hope they have the freedom and the wisdom to make a decision that is right for themselves and their families, taking into careful account their own personal circumstances and the long-term ramifications of their decisions. I hope they are treated with compassion by their families, friends and the health care professionals to whom they entrust their very personal and painful stories. Should they choose to have an abortion, I hope they heal physically, mentally and spiritually, and go on to live healthy, happier lives that, with good health care, can include a family at a later time. I hope parents educate their children about reproductive health, and teach them good morals so that there are dramatically fewer unwanted pregnancies.
I can only hope that incest and rape cease to exist. I hope we elect representatives to our local and national governments who recognize that declaring abortion illegal or making it inaccessible will not make it go away, but will instead move it to back alleys and put all women – but particularly poor women – at great risk. I hope you understand that like Sen. Wendy Davis’s supporters, and as an adoptive mom who places the highest value not only on life but the quality of life of all mothers and their children, I am certainly not pro-abortion; I am pro-choice.
Finally, I hope you will be wiser and more thoughtful about the articles you choose to print on your opinion pages; that you will apply the same rules to your syndicated columns as the letters you receive from your local subscribers, no matter how different their opinions may be. I hope you choose to serve your readers by seeking out opinions from both sides of an issue that are based on facts that can be verified and that are obtained in a straightforward and truthful manner. I hope your future choices will set an example for your readers that will reflect not only “taste,” but also the values of respect, honesty and compassion.